tv Our World With Black Enterprise FOX April 17, 2011 5:30am-6:00am PDT
on this edition of our world with black enterprise, grammy award winning artist wyclef john. >> what does it mean if you can't be on the ground right now, picking up your own brothers and sisters. plus, we profile a doctor who's screening black men for deadly diseases, one bar better shop at a time. that's what's going on in our world starting now.
nearly a year since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake leaving thousands dead and homeless, haiti held its elections. in light of allegations of irregularity, two thirds of the candidates are demanding the votes be cancelled. just a few months ago, haitian born musician wyclef john was vying for the country's highest office. despite his efforts and promising platform, he was forced to abandon his hopes of running. no stranger to the plight of his fellow haitians, he used his foundation to raise more than $9 million for earthquake assistance. >> we are calling for a state of emergency. >> days after the earth quake, he came under scrutiny that allegations were made that he
misappropriated funds from the foundation in the past. since refounding from the controversy, he used funds from his foundation to provide clean drinking water, supply tents and reduce the recent cholera outbreak. i recently caught up with wyclef to talk about the criticism he faced while seeking the country's highest office. wyclef, man, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us. >> thank you for having me. >> this has got to be the craziest year of your life. >> that's an understatement. >> in january, haiti is struck with an earthquake. you find out it happens, everyone's trying to leave haiti, you get on a plane to go to haiti.
you were handling dead bodies? >> we're dealing with a little kid here, we don't know if they're eight or nine years old, you know what i mean? this is the reality of what we're dealing with now. >> what does that mean. i went gunderground for a built picking up bodies, bringing them to moorings, digging holes, burying certain people. things like that. >> how did it feel? being in that state, you being a country man, being involved in that. what went through your mind? >> the way to explain it, you don't prepare for things like that, right? it just happens. everything you used to sing about, talk about, you believe about, it gets tested at that moment. because it's like, you know, you wore that flag on your back at the grammy's, you know, with the fugees and that's the first time they saw a haitian flag on the
tv. what does that mean, though, if you can't be on the ground right now picking up your own brothers and sisters, you see? >> one of the ways you also helped your country was by throwing your hat into the ring for the presidential race. >> yeah. i ran for president because of the urgency of what i felt for the first time that the international community was heavily focused often this country. and i just felt like, i can't let this country go in the hands of the old regime that has kept it within a monopoly structure for this long. every time someone speaks up, they come and get you and put you on a plane and send you to africa. ♪
>> you know, history has to tell the truth. the truth is, i ran because i felt 10 million people needed a break, and they needed a fair trial for the first time in history. >> what was your vision for haiti, had you won, what would your vision for haiti have been? >> my first concept, when it came to haiti, the first things i looked at was education and job creation. those were the two things i was focused on. and how was we going to get to that? my idea for job creation would have been the reconstruction. so through the reconstruction you have billions coming in. so through the billions that are coming in, you could have actually hired haitian workforce. the same way within our economy here, right?
so if we're going down -- we're having problems, you know what, we need more bridges, we need roads, we need tunnels, let's put people to work. infrastructure. haiti has no infrastructure. this was a chance to put more infrastructure in place. the second thing is, education. how would we get there? because the haitian constitution states that kids should be having free education, right? but the reality is how you're going to give somebody free education when your annual budget is $2 billion. not even a real university's budget, right? that means the money has to come from somewhere else. when i looked at the support that donors gave to places like kenya and different places, i felt like we could have went to the donors and challenged them. here's an education plan to put this amount of kids through school.
♪ wyclef for president ♪ it's our president >> there are people who said, his ideas might be good, but he's an outsider. you know, in fact, he's an outsider, he's my man, but i don't think he should be president. people like sean penn who said even more harsh things about your candidacy. what did you feel about those critiques coming from fellow celebrities and bandmates. >> with pride, for me, the last time that we've ever had a conversation about politics i can't remember. he's entight emed to his own opinion. the thing about it is, it would be impossible for him to see my growth as a politician. that would be totally impossible. he would always see me as a f
fugees member. sean penn on the other side, he's someone i was focused on. we've seen him stand for certain policies, whether you want to agree with him or not. he had a -- you know, if he don't feel something, he's going to say it. what i did have a chance to do was to get on the phone with sean. and to let him know, you know, we had a great conversation, you know, when i'm in haiti, i want to see what he's doing with the camp. and we get a chance to sit down and talk, so i could explain to him my entire policies, my idea is not to push people out of haiti, it's to keep people like sean penn in haiti. >> one of the ways you make money is through your music career. when we come back, i want to ask you about your album and maybe a little bit about what's going to happen with the fugees. >> when it comes to music, i'm not here to trust anyone, i'm here to say, let's take the
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and the new video "the election time." >> so i'm sitting at 40 right now. if i'm going to do music for ten years, what kind of legacy do i want to give. when clef turned 40, he went to haiti after the quake, all right, what is he giving us now? what i'm giving you is his real life story. the video, i said from now on i'm going to go shoot the video in haiti. i said i'm going to get a haitian director. i'm going to get a haitian crew that knows how to hold a camera. and i said we're not going to just show the bad side of the country. we're going to show the good side. when people watching election time and they see mao on the mountain with the green grass aarp me, they're like yo, where you at? sunny california? you on the rocks? i said no, i'm in haiti. ♪
♪ yea yea election time is coming ♪ ♪ >> i've heard all kinds of stuff in the news. but i want to ask you directly because the news doesn't always portray things correctly. why did the fugees break up in the first place? >> i mean when you become a rock star group and a super group of the world -- right -- like bono. called the fugees the hip-hop beatles. i don't call us that. bono from u-2 calls us that. john lennon had his own head space. it's just what he wanted to do. it was just different. so i think that we all have our own head space. in the fugees, i'm like the w
wil i. a.m. the say way wili. a.m. is to the black eyed peas. if i didn't do that, i wouldn't still be able to be around and do all these records the way i do. in the fugees, you know, lauren is like, you know, your modern day nina simone, you know. aretha franklin, the voice of the soul, but almost like a female superhero, because she rimes as well as she sings, because the talent is beyond the norm. and then you have prize. all right? prize, though, to his credit -- no, no, no, no. >> i'm serious. there's always the narrative. >> there's always the narrative. i've heard it for a while. but you know. and i've even cracked jokes on it, too.
right? you've seen it. but i think at the same time, prize brings a certain ear into the studio, when it's in the context of the fugees. try this sample. let's go left here, right here. you know, it was the synergy of the three that made that happen. when we was in there, like it was no trust. like you fell me? like lauren had to basically -- >> create a trust. >> -- lauren has to put her trust in me. you know what i mean? when i say let's go like this, you know what i mean? because out of the three fugeesing the pulse of this time in this generation, they would have to say, you know what? we really got to just listen to what clef is saying and fix it with what we're saying. >> lauren didn't trust you creatively. >> no.
and i didn't trust them creatively at all. because i'm not -- when it comes to the music, i'm not here to like trust anyone. i'm here to say let's take the group from point a and skyrocket it. that's my job. >> so -- i don't mean to over simplify this -- >> you can. >> you were the leader and they wouldn't follow? >> well, i wouldn't say that i'm the leader of the fugees. what i would do is, i would put the three of us out there and you've seen careerwise what everyone has done, and you can say, okay, this one's the producer. i would say more when it comes to the fugees, i was the top producer of the fugees. >> right. >> yeah. >> right. is there any truth to the story that was circulating that part of why you don't work is lauryn hill became unmanageable, she was in the studio, she was demanding things, she was hard to work with, it was no longer a family environment? >> i don't see no difference with lauryn hill or 99% of the girls i work with. every woman is a diva within
their own right. now, some will be more extreme than others. >> is she more extreme than others? >> if she say call me mrs. hill and another girl says when i come in the room i need it completely pink, you tell me what's more extreme. divas always going to be divas. >> you all worked together. >> it might be different, calling somebody you've worked with for 20 years. >> yeah, but what i respect is the growth of an individual. there's something a person might go through. he be like, you know what? i want to be called miss hill. >> so what's next for you? >> what's next is the -- i want to thank black enterprise, of course, golf and tennis challenge, because when i was doing that event, a gentleman jumped on stage and he was jamaican and he brought this water for me to taste on stage. not only did he brought the water he started singing about the water. the whole night turned into a jam.
♪ ♪ >> so we have a partnership now. through that event. so we'll be developing this water company. it's in school systems and we plan to take it around the world. and of course, the political party on the ground in haiti will continue fighting for people. human rights is important. education is important. job creation is important. and of course, tourism. i got to bring that back to the country. and then after that, just taking time with family. my daughter, my wife, just to reflect on what the future going to look like. >> i hope that future includes another run for the presidency. the people need you, man. >> ten years. >> all right. i'm going to hold you to that. you come right back here and make the announcement right here. >> all right.
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>> the barbers are participating and asking their clients if they'd like to be screened. so far i've seen five or six people be screened. even if we screen one person, that's already successful. >> successful enough for this barber shop doc to add a prostate cancer education component to his visit, in an attempt to save more lives. >> it is amazing because with our program we are seeing changes in behavior. when brothers know that somebody cares, they tend to do better, they tend to be more compliant. in fact, a patient told me i don't care how much you know until i know how much you care. we'll be right back. ♪ [ slurping ♪ ♪ ♪